D National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Prof. Iyorchia Ayu has stated that Governor Aminu Tambuwal would have been the unanimous presidential choice of the party but for the fact that delegates have to pick the flag bearer.
He described the Governor as one of the eminently qualified aspirants lined up for presidential primary election by the party.
D Chairman, while expressing gratitude to the Governor for his efforts and contributions to the party in various levels over the years, recalled “you midwifed the emergence of this NWC. We are your babies. [But] we have grown up now to be your (parents).”
According to him, Tambuwal is very familiar with many members of the NWC. “I just hope that they will not be biased in your favor. There are too many members on your constituency, including the Secretary and my humble self, who are all members of the National Assembly,” Ayu said.
He however stated: “We as a National Working Committee, in spite of the pressure on most of us, we are working around the clock to make sure that we provide a strong platform, provide not just a level playing field but transparently follow the tradition of the People’s Democratic Party. We’ve never had a controversial convention and we’re trying our best to follow the footsteps of previous administration.
“Rest assured that come 28th of this month, we shall all gather in a place in Federal Republic of Nigeria and give you the necessary atmosphere to present yourself to the party delegates and your votes, the votes will be counted very openly as we always do and in the end of the day, if it’s the will of God and the delegates that it is you that emerges, we will also be sure that the party will be in a very safe hand.
Tambuwal, who enumerated his credentials as numero uno in the lower legislative chamber, his membership of the Body of Benchers and two- term Governor of Sokoto, expressed his readiness to govern if elected by the delegates.
He further expressed confidence that he foots the bill to bear the party’s flag as he is a bridge builder “that Nigerians need as for today.
“A bridge between the old and the young; and the bridge that will now continue to reconnect every part of this country. I believe I have all of those qualities,” he added.